The story of The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company
Charles Hudson was looking for ways to diversify the farming on the Wyke Manor Estate when he stumbled upon the idea of real flower confetti…
The story of The Real Flower Petal Confetti Company began on a late spring afternoon in 1997. Charles paused outside the village churchyard on his way home. Strewn around the lych-gate were tiny wet pieces of coloured paper, debris from an earlier wedding. In other words, it had turned the church entrance into an eyesore.
So Charles could see why so many churches ban the use of confetti within church grounds. However, it seemed such a shame that the wedding celebrations could not have started as the happy couple stepped out of the church. After he arrived home, some petals fell from the flower bouquet he was carrying for his wife. In short, he experienced a ‘EUREKA’ moment – and the idea of real flower petal confetti was born!
The best blooms handpicked
Charles experimented with many flowers and carefully developed his own delicate process of drying petals. That is to say, we use just sunshine and fresh air. Eventually, Charles chose delphiniums and cornflowers as his confetti petals. Because, above all, they retain their lovely shape and natural colour when dried.
So now, a huge field of flowers blooms on the Wyke Manor Estate each summer. It’s quite a sight to behold! We then pick all the petals by hand, mix them by hand, and send them out to weddings all over the world.
The demand for our natural, biodegradable confetti grew, and as a result, Charles added new flower petals to the range. In addition to our homegrown petals we have rose petals, hydrangeas, and lavender. Furthermore, we went on to design a beautiful collection of handmade confetti cones, baskets, pretty packaging and lucky bridal horseshoes. It’s all about the finishing touches!